September 16, 2007
General Admission $12, Seniors $10, Member Discount, Under 12 Free
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Center for the Arts Features Crosswinds Trio:
A Unique Afternoon Of Chamber Music
Homer: Sunday, September 16, at 3 pm, the Center for the Arts in Homer, NY once again hosts an outstanding musical experience. The Crosswinds Trio: Gary Ross on the trumpet, Lawrence Kursar on the horn, and Michael Toth on the piano, draw on their diverse musical backgrounds and experiences from the orchestral stage, jazz club, and recital hall to create a refreshing sound.
Their expressive and inspiring playing, coupled with diverse programming infused with humor, has led to rave reviews and standing ovations. With over 200 innovative arrangements for this distinct combination of trumpet, horn, and piano, Mr. Ross, Mr. Toth and Mr. Kursar have established a previously unexplored musical genre. To hear and see a preview of this outstanding trio, please visit www.crosswindstrio.com, enter the Crosswinds Trio site and then click on sound clips.
Irene Puzyr of the Dillon Library Concert Series says: "Crosswinds Trio, their gift of music can stir one's heart and soul. Your professional musicianship for horn, trumpet and piano and the palette of genre and styles of their program created an overwhelming and high-energy concert performance. A wonderful remembrance by our audience."
The Trio's programs include "Winds across Time," an appealing program of different styles and genres from classical to jazz and everything in between; "Genesis," an exciting program of music establishing the high brass trio as a serious new sound in chamber music; and "Winds across America," a diverse and engaging program of American music.
Members of Crosswinds Trio have toured extensively as chamber music artists in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Highlighted credits of the artists include Michael Toth's debut at age 14 at Carnegie Recital Hall, Lawrence Kursar's direction as stage conductor of the Bolshoi Ballet, and Gary Ross's performances with such celebrities as Liberace, Bobby Vinton, and Barry White.
Beginning his training at the age of 7 with Marjorie Haimbach, Michael Toth made his concert debut when he was 14 at Carnegie Recital Hall. Having studied with Frank Glazer and Artur Balsum at the Eastman School of Music, he has gone on to perform both in the United States and abroad as soloist and accompanist. Michael is a founding member of Satori, a non-profit chamber music organization, and has performed an extensive list of the major chamber music repertoire. With experience performing on all types of keyboards, Toth is one of the most versatile pianists available today. Currently, he is the pianist in residence with the Allentown Symphony.
Lawrence Kursar is widely acclaimed as performer, conductor and arranger. As a founding member of Band du Soleil and Crosswinds Trio, he has performed internationally. His writing has established the high brass trio as a viable chamber music ensemble. He performs regularly with the Trenton Civic Opera Orchestra, Allentown Symphony, Garden State Wind Quintet, and Main Street Brass Quintet and is the Music Director and Conductor of the Hunterdon Symphony Orchestra, in such prestigious venues as the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and the Wang Center in Boston where he conducted a stage orchestra for the Bolshoi Ballet.
Gary Ross, their trumpeter, is at home on the concert stage and at jazz venues and has a wide array of credits to his name. His dazzling playing of Baroque masterpieces and the mellow sound of his jazz improvisations have won him acclaim from audiences young and old. Ross performed the Bach "Brandenburg Concerto #2" and the Haydn "Trumpet Concerto" with the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Allentown Symphony, Trenton Symphony, and the Main Street Brass Quintet. On the show stage, he has performed with such celebrities as Liberace, Bobby Vinton, and Barry White.
"The Crosswinds Trio is very special indeed. The personal individuality is special and the musicianship extraordinary. The balance between performing as a group yet highlighting each individual is excellent. The repertoire that was presented showed the ability to perform varying styles of music with ease which satisfied individual tastes. Your commentary about the group and the music enhanced the program tremendously and gave the audience an opportunity to see you as individuals rather than just people on the stage. As a group and as individuals you performed extremely well showing your talents and wonderful musical sensitivity. Thank you for a wonderful performance." (Betsey Fountain, Rappahannock Concert Association)
General Admission tickets are $12 and Senior tickets are $10 (membership discounts apply). Admission for children under 12 is free. Balcony seating for this performance is free for students with valid student IDs. Please present your ID when you attend the performance to insure your free admittance. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Jodi's Hallmark and Sheridan's Fine Jewelry in Cortland, Linani's in Homer, Ithaca Guitarworks in Ithaca, through the Center's website at www.center4art.org , or by calling 607-749-4900, or at the door the afternoon of the performance. The door will open at 2:30.
The corporate sponsor for this performance is M & T Bank. Season sponsors are Reihlman, Shafer & Shafer Counselors at Law and The Glassmith. This performance is supported by The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. This performance is also supported in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. Accommodations are provided by The Quagmire Manor.
The Center for the Arts in Homer, located at 72 South Main Street in the village, at the corner of Routes 11 and 90, just off exit 12 of I-81, provides the region and community with a broad spectrum of cultural and artistic activities that provide education, enlightenment, and entertainment. While performance is premium at the Center for the Arts, the Center is an accessible facility for year-round classes, workshops, exhibits, summer camps, and conferences devoted to the visual and performing arts.